Painting straight lines

I’m really terrible at painting straight lines. How do I do it? Watch the video below.

  1. First: I use tape to define the line. Make sure the tape is straight and prevent paint from getting under the tape by pressing the tape well. You’ll notice this technique works better on a flat canvas than a one with a lot of structure.
  2. Then fill in the line with the correct colour. In this case: titanium white
  3. Remove the tape
  4. Correct the line where necessary with a clean brush and a little liquin.

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Bought a new sketchbook at Ikea! It’s from the stunsig limited edition collection and designed by Frédérique Vernillet, a France-based illustrator with an ultra-realistic drawing style. I absolutely love the design. There is so much to see but it appears very tranquil. It’s carefully designed and well detailed. Love the expression of the wolves. They look so fierce.


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4 ways to dry oil paintings faster

Damn I’ve painted a masterpiece but it won’t dry! And I have a deadline! How can I speed up the drying time of my oil painting?

First of all, accept the fact the painting won’t dry within two days. Normally it will take a couple of weeks for layers of paint to dry. Oil paint will take a full year to completely dry. Oil paint is loved by fact it doesn’t dry as fast as most paints. This means you can paint wet on wet. If you want to paint fast, paint with water based paints, like acrylics.


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Friesian Horse pt. 4 – inspiration

I needed more pictures of a real Friesian for the Friesian horse project. So last week during my holiday I went for a horse ride :). Sometimes painting from only one photograph isn’t enough. You’ll need to view your subject from different angles or you will skip certain details that are easy to miss. Look at the photo below. The tiny hairs on his cheek weren’t visible on the main photograph I use. I can also analyse the bone structure much better thanks to the photo’s below.

– How many pictures do you use as a reference?



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